At Christmas time, having a BIG family: to Buy or Not to Buy.... GIFTS.

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At Christmas time, having a BIG family: to Buy or Not to Buy....GIFTS.

 

I spoke to a fellow colleague yesterday and the conversation of giving gifts came up as we were talking about Christmas. He has a large extended family on his wife side (counting ONLY nieces, nephews totaling over 35 !).  Imagine that! That is a ginormous number I must say. He mentioned that his wife has been going out buying gifts for EVERYONE one of the nieces/nephews for the past 3 years during Christmas time. It is not as though they are extremely well off or filthy rich since they do have debts that need to be attend to, on top of their mortgage, etc.

His wife has been doing this when she was single. Now that she is married she continues to buy gifts for ALL the nieces/nephews during Christmas...even though several of the kids are now over 18 years old. Do YOU have a cut-off age where you DON'T buy gifts for family members? His wife's other sisters who are already married do not buy gifts for all the nieces/nephews. The question he raises is a good one but I couldn't really help him.

Scrooge be darn. If his wife's other sisters who are married with children do not buy gifts for all the nieces/nephews, why would his wife continually do so? I couldn't tell him why. He feels that his wife's sisters do not feel the obligation to buy so why does his wife continue with the buying tradition. On top of that, the wife has brothers out of state and she still buy gifts for them to pick up whenever they do come into town. All the while his wife is buying gifts annually, they do not receive any gifts in return since they do not have any kids yet.

Christmas is a time of giving but there should be a point where the line should be drawn. His wife maybe feels awkward to stop the buying 'Cold Turkey' due to losing face or for whateve reason. I think buying gifts for kids under 18 is fine. That is probably where I would draw the line as far as gift exchange is concerned? Do you feel the same or do you become Santa Clause during Christmas time? Having a very large family, that can really stretch one's finance.

 

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Maureen Fukumoto
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I stopped buying gifts for anyone over 18.  I feel the gift giving andgift  expecting has overshadowed the meaning of Christmas. 

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Merry Christmas David.

I know what you mean...

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Merry Christmas to you! May you be blessed with loving friends and family and the peace of the season.

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Maureen, you said it perfectly. The meaning of xmas and gifts have now made a turn for the worse in some aspects. 18 is a good cut off point.

Michael, howdy! Merry Christmas to you too!

Barbara, thanks! Wishing you and your family peace and harmony.

Dec 25, 2010 08:05 PM #4
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